Free templates and tutorials to help you design better books

Welcome! I'm Derek Murphy - I started this site to help authors design better covers on a budget, and have made tons of video tutorials and templates you can use to design professional covers for all genres and topics. My YouTube videos have gotten over half a million views, so I know they're helping people.

Make sure you watch the free video series on designing covers that sell. I'll give you the tools and templates down below, but unless you understand the true purpose of a book cover and the common mistakes authors make, you're going to end up with a cover that won't sell your book. And you want to sell books, right?


Watch this one first, then watch all the others here.


A lot of the templates on this site are for Microsoft Word (I know it sounds crazy, but you can make pretty good covers very quickly in Word with some of the built-in features.) There's some videos on how to do that here and some templates down below so you can try it out. Once you open the Word files, things may not look right if you don't have the same fonts installed that I used, so try changing the fonts.

I wasn't happy with the Word templates so I custom built my own online cover design tool. You can try out the online tool here, and there's a package of templates for the tool down below too (I'm not a developer so the tool is a bit buggy, I'd like to fix it soonish).

You'll be getting an email from me - make sure you confirm your subscription so I can let you know when new samples and other resources are available. Since you're interested in publishing, I'm also going to send some tips on book design, publishing and marketing that will help you defeat the competition.

I have big plans for this site. Now that I've finally finished my PhD in Literature, I plan to build more templates with more free programs, to make it even easier for you to design your own book covers, so you might want to check back in every month to see what I've added.

I don't have time to support everyone who downloads my free templates, but if you want to join my Facebook Group and introduce yourself, you can get some quick feedback on your covers.

PS) As a thank you for signing up, if you sign for the premium cover templates in the Epic Book Design package, you'll get my $197 course on book marketing for free, along with some interior formatting templates and other bonuses. If you're serious about the success of your book and want to make a living with your writing, you need your books to stand out.

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zipicon FreebiesSample Templates and Guide

Here's a link to the sample package; you can use the Quickstart Guide or "Cheat Sheet" to troubleshoot and learn the ropes. There are a few fiction and non-fiction cover template samples to play with. The instructions are based on Word 2010.

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An Epic List of Appropriate Fonts per Genre

Choosing the right fonts for your book cover is important; you'll probably use the same fonts for your interior formatting as well. Here's a huge list of fonts I like divided by genre.


zipicon FreebiesSell-Sheet templates

I made a few "sell-sheets" that may help with book marketing; for a long post about how to use them, and other alternatives, you can read this article I posted on my blog: How-to-make-a-sell-sheet-for-your-book-with-free-templates


zipicon FreebiesFull Print Covers (Createspace, etc.)

Making full print covers for Createspace is a little tricky, but this guide and sample templates will help. You can make a full print cover that looks pretty good, but you need to get familiar with the features in MS Word, and use quality fonts and images.


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This package is light on layers, heavy on templates - it's got everything you need but assumes you're starting from a finished cover file, so you're just importing layers. There are also instructions for ordering postcards and business cards (and how to use them).


You can try out the online tool here.

Here's a package of some covers and other things; go to "file" and "open" to load these into the cover tool. I also added a bunch of videos on using the cover tool, here.



If you're also planning on doing your own book formatting, check out www.diybookformats.com. There are some training videos and a whole bunch of free formatting templates in InDesign and Word (plus some super special formatting templates for each genre, including recommended fonts and style).

Free Books!

I've written several guides on publishing, book design and building your author platform; along with a book of answers to common publishing questions. You can download them all for free - just click one of the buttons below to share DIY Book Covers, and then you'll see the download links. I'm working on new, exciting projects, but will keep adding resources to DIY covers. I'll email you when there's new stuff you can use.

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This is my latest guide to publishing and book marketing, with some of the more advanced book marketing tactics I've discovered in my first year publishing fiction. Click here to download it for free.

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PDF VERSION (older edition)

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Need more help?

I hope the free resources and videos are useful. I made them available because I know that many authors are going to try to design their own covers, and I don't think having a huge budget should be a requirement (everyone should be allowed to publish their book, even if they can't afford a pro cover designer). That said, your cover is absolutely critical to the success of your book. You worked long and hard writing your book and you want it to reach readers so they can enjoy it. So if you get stuck on the cover design or have questions about marketing your book (building your platform, email list, getting reviews, boosting your sales rank, choosing your keywords and categories...) keep in mind you'll get my $197 course on book marketing along with some other bonuses when you upgrade to the premium package of book cover templates.

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Derek Murphy

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More stuff to help you publish

If you need help formatting your book, check out the free book formatting templates I put up at www.diybookformats.com. You can also check out my main book cover design site, or my blog Creativindie.com where I help authors and artists produce and sell their best work. Finally, if you're looking for a book editor, check out www.bookbutchers.com.

DIY Book Covers

Customizable book cover templates for indie authors. Make your book beautiful.

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